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How can I help?

I’m so happy you found my site and sought out this section of it. I have been teaching yoga and meditation for 15 years and have have had many opportunities to relate to students of different ages and experiences. Connecting with a variety of people has taught me that no matter where we are from, we all have our own beautiful and unique way of living fully in this world. I would love to help you shine the light that is uniquely yours and look forward to meeting you.

Send an email to jschlem013@gmail.com to set something up.

My Background

Learning and teaching yoga is what I love to do. I love learning how the practice teaches me to grow in ways I never expected and how I have learned things that I never anticipated. I love that it invites me to see myself in my brightest light and my darkest dark, and that it’s ok to love and honor all sides of who I am. If I can inspire you to learn new things about yourself, to help you open yourself to new possibilities and break through barriers that hold you back, I’d be thrilled to be given the chance to try. My classes include combination of yoga postures, yoga philosophy, personal experience, humor, and I hope, a deep sense of loving kindness.

I came to yoga because my father always touted its benefits and I was curious to find out what it was all about. I, like many, was hooked after my first class and wanted to learn more about how my body, mind and soul were connected. I wanted to learn how I could keep an open heart after I had been through so many difficult experiences. My father developed early onset Alzheimer’s disease when I was still in high school and by the time I returned home from my first semester at college, he had forgotten my name. The experience of seeing him become a different person and succumb to his illness, along with losing 2 sisters to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a brother-in-law to suicide, and other tragic accidents could have easily shut me down. And they did for a long time. Yoga helped me open my heart again, to feel the joy of the day, the rain on my face, the blessings of this life, and reminds me every day to remain open to it all.

Life is both beautiful and tragic. Its magical moments sustain us when we may want to crumble with despair. The beauty it holds is ours for the taking yet, to remember to see the abundance of happiness available to us every day can be a challenge. Yoga, an awakened mind, and being present helps us notice the gifts we have right in front of us and reminds us that we are perfect just the way we are. This I have learned, and know to be true thanks to the practice of yoga. We have this moment to live. I’d like to be a part of it, fully. That is my practice.